Do you remember that show Pimp My Ride? The show where rapper Xzibit would take some kid's hoopty and totally trick it out to swagalicious levels of ridiculousness? Of course you do!
Recently, former contestants of the show, which aired in MTV from 2004 to 2007, have spoken out. While most of them say they had positive experiences and would gladly do it all over again, they also expressed that the "reality" of the show was far from the actual truth.
Former PMR contestant Justin Dearinger recently recounted his experience in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). He said, "they actually take out a lot of the stuff that they showed on TV." In Dearinger's case, it was a "pop-up champagne contraption and a drive-in theater."
Dearinger also said that PMR exaggerated the pre-pimp condition of his RAV 4. According to his AMA, producers made the bumper "look like it was falling off" and that they removed paint to amplify the exterior damage to his ride.
Dearinger added that he "hated" the color red and that the interior of his car ended up mostly red.
In his Reddit AMA, season 6 contestant Seth Martino said that, "I know I'm fat, but they went the extra mile to make me look extra fat by telling the world that I kept candy all over my seat and floor just in case I got hungry. Then gave me a cotton candy machine in my trunk. I sat there and watched them dump out two bags of generic candy."
As for the makeover his car received, Martino said that even though his Maxima was pimped out with an electric blue paint job and Ferrari-style doors,his car still needed a lot of mechanicalwork done. He had to replace the engine a month after it was "customized."
Martino has mixed feelings about his experience. "The whole situation was definitely not what I hoped for, and there were times I wanted to give it all back because of how frustrating it was, but now I look back and laugh. I have this really cool story that only a handful of people can really say they experienced. That makes it all worth it."
Jake Glazier from PMR season 4 told Reddit that MTV "pretty much just went with what I told them," but they definitely amped up the drama. When he told them that his grandmother used to smoke in the car, producers added an "extra few dozen cigarette butts in the car to make her just look like a total disgusting person."
It's no surprise that the over the top post-pimp reactions on PMR were staged. Glazier recalled, "I remember this very clearly, Big Dane, very big dude, he like puts his arm around my shoulder, kind of walks me around the shop for like 10 minutes and he's like, `Listen, we put a lot of work into this ... we expect you to be a little more f*****ing enthusiastic.'" As you can see from the screenshot above, Glazier's reaction was pure gold.
Like his fellow contestants, Glazier found a silver lining in his experience.
"I will say that my experience was very cool. MTV may be a collector of eternal souls and destroyer of civilizations, but they hooked my car up with sweet stuff, and I'm grateful for that. The guys at West Coast Customs are excellent dudes, and I highly recommend them for the work they do."